Burnout Solution 8: The Martial Arts

Updated: Dec 22, 2018

Of course, I make a point of saying your recovery should be made highly personal. So I don’t know if any of this will work for you… but I thought I’d tell you about my experiences with all kinds of Martial Arts. For me personally, they worked and still work brilliantly!

Any kind of movement is good for you during a burnout. Our first blog post is even on just going for a walk, which I highly recommend to do often. Other forms of physical movement will work too of course. But a special shout out to Martial Arts should be given.

I’m a life-long boxer myself, with some experience in karate as well. Boxing (and things like karate too) gets rid of excess anger and frustration. It can make you feel at peace and happy about yourself, losing the negative things you don’t need. It’s also a good confidence builder. So I recommend trying it. Do however also look further East.

Yoga for instance is somewhat of an opposite from boxing of course. Here, the rhythmic movements help you regain focus in the here and now. It purges you of anxiety. The emphasis on breathing will help you feel more relaxed.

(Although as I explain in the book, when you are a novice, take it easy with the breathing exercises! Give yourself time to adjust.)

But it is Qi Gong and Tai Chi that should top the list if you ask me! These forms of movement are especially designed – honed and crafted for over 1500 years – to pump up your energy. Exactly the thing you are missing during a burnout! They also don’t take too much time to get into. And they have special exercises for certain organs or parts of your body like the hips, lower back and shoulders.

Plus, they will make you feel like a Kung Fu badass. Give it a go!

And take it easy. Love.